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WASHINGTON REPORT 



NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATIONAL BROADCASTERS 


Vol. IV, No. Ill DuPont Circle Building, Washington 6, D.C. February 8, 1963 

FEDERAL ETV LEGISLATION SITUATION 

Congressional law-making, it is well to remember, is a two-phase procedure: 

(l) the enactment of enabling legislation, and (2) appropriation of funds to carry¬ 
out the provisions of the legislation. 

The 87th Congress passed an act providing for Federal grants of $32 million 
to the states on a matching basis for construction or improvement of ETV facilities. 

The 88th Congress will be asked to appropriate funds to implement the act. 

Here is what has been requested: 

$2 million (for balance of fiscal 1963) to provide for approximately 9 new 
station grants and 3 expansion grants. 

$7 million (for fiscal 1964) to provide for approximately 30 new station 
grants and 18 expansion grants. 

Since needs cannot be accurately predicted until applications have been 
received and accepted, the ratio of grants for new stations to those for expanding 
existing facilities may be altered. 

The request for ETV appropriations must be presented to 4 separate committees: 
the 1983 request to the Subcommittee on Deficiencies and Supplemental : of the House 
(Chm. Albert Thomas, D. ) and the Senate (Chm. Spessard Holland, D., Fla.) and the 
Subcommittee on Labor, Health Education and Welfare : of the House (Chm. John Fogarty, 

D., R.I.) and the Senate (Chm. Lister Hill, D. , Ala.). Frank Bow (R., Ohio), who 
feels that UHF 2,000 me developments obviate the need for standard broadcast 
stations and, therefore. Federal ETV assistance, is still a member of the House 
committee on supplemental appropriations. 

HEW officials will probably be called in to hearings of these committees 
beginning in mid-February. If funds are forthcoming, it is expected the program 
might get under way in early March. NAEB estimates that about $20 million is now 
available in state appropriations ready for matching as soon as the Federal grants 
can be applied for. 

MARKS * 1 COMMITTEE MOVES TO REVAMP COMMUNICATIONS ACT 

A special Committee of the Federal Communications Bar Association, headed 
by Leonard Marks, NAEB General Counsel, last week released a report calling for 
sweeping revisions in the concept and practice of Federal regulation of broadcasting 
and replacing the FCC with a new agency composed of an administrator, court, and 
five-member policy-making body. Stated objectives new set-up is designed to accomplish: 
(l) speedier processing of cases; (2) more orderly planning for long-range uses 
of broadcasting; (3) better system of establishing criteria in issuing station grants, 
and (4) surer protection against political influence upon outcome of contested cases. 

The Marks' Committee report, which calls for a thorough overhaul of both 
the FCC and the Communications Act under which it operates, will be given serious 
study by the Congress as well as the Commission and the Industiy. 













INSTRUCTIONAL BROADCASTING GROUP MEETS 


On January 28th, 9 NAEB people involved in the instructional uses of TV at 
various levels met in Washington to discuss (l) how this particular group within the 
membership might best be organized and given appropriate representation inside 
the NAEB structure and (2) whether it would be useful for NAEB to sponsor a national 
conference on Instructional Broadcasting (radio, as well as TV) this Spring. 

The participants, who came at their own expense in response to Pres. Harley's 
invitation, endorsed the general approach of an NAEB reorganization based upon 
councils representing special interest categories within the membership and recommended 
that NAEB go ahead with plans to hold the conference. The week of May 13 was chosen 
as the date and the group agreed to serve as a steering committee for the conference. 
Those attending were: Leslie P. Greenhill, Penn State; Roy J. Johnson, University 
of Miami; Robert F. Lesher, Hagerstown; Charles J. McIntyre, University of Illinois; 

Dr. Bart Griffith, University of Missouri; Lt. Colonel Robert E. Wood, Air University, 
Maxwell AFB; Dr. Stephen C. Hathaway, Miami of Ohio; Iynn Kalmback, ETV Center, 

South Carolina; and William Ewing, Ohio State University. 

BROADCAST ACTION OF FCC 

By Memorandum Opinion and Order, the Commission designated for hearing 
applications of Central Wisconsin Television, Inc., for additional time to construct 
TV station WCWT (Channel 9), Whusau, Wis., and for assignment of CP to Midcontinent 
B/cg Co. for $34,439. On its own motion the Commission made the Wisconsin Citizens' 
Committee for Educational Television, Inc., which filed opposing petitions, and 
Wisconsin Valley Television Corp. (WSAU-TV, Channel 7, Wausau), parties to the 
proceeding. The hearing issues will determine (l) whether Central Wisconsin has 
been diligent in proceeding with construction of the station, whether trafficking 
is involved, and whether it has been candid in its representations to the Commission; 
(2) when and under what circumstances the Citizens' Committee learned of the proposed 
sale of WCWT, sought to acquire its construction permit, from whom it obtained the 
necessary funds, and the amount obtained and terms and conditions thereof; and ( 3 ) 
full facts surrounding Wisconsin Valley agreement to donate funds to the Citizens' 
Committee, whether latter had an agreement or understanding with Wisconsin Valley 
to file the instant petitions, and whether Wisconsin Valley has engaged in a course 
of action which constitutes an abuse of Commission's processes. 

(The Citizens' Committee's original intention was to acquire the CP held 
by Central Wisconsin TV Inc. and turn it over to the University of Wisconsin for 
ETV.) 

The initial hearing is scheduled for March 4th. 

NAEB-USOE CONTRACT 

The USOE announced this week a grant to the NAEB for "a pilot series of 
six kits of filmed and published materials illustrating proper teacher utilization 
of broadcast materials." 

The project involves the preparation of six demonstration kits for use by 
school and college administrators, teachers and potential teachers and are designed 
to illustrate, on film and in published materials, teacher utilization of broadcast 
materials in the achievement of sound educational purposes and goals. In general, 
each kit will consist of a 30 minute l6mm sound film and the necessary supplementary 
materials and directions to facilitate its use. Some kits will contain printed 
materials which may be retained by the users. 

The project director is Clair Tettemer, Director of School Programs and 
Research, KTCA-TV, St. Paul/Minneapolis. 







Scanned from the National Association of Educational Broadcasters Records 
at the Wisconsin Historical Society as part of 
"Unlocking the Airwaves: Revitalizing an Early Public and Educational Radio Collection." 


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